By Kathy Jefcoats
RIVERDALE — Clayton County police said a man was shot and later died for looking at a suspected gang member's jacket inside a convenience store.
Stacey Johnson, 24, of Riverdale was shot late Sunday night and later died at Atlanta Medical Center, said Clayton County police Detective Clarence E. Cox III. After several days of searching, the fugitive squad found suspect Michael Jordan in Lawrenceville Wednesday, said Cox.
Jordan, 23, of Riverdale is charged with murder, aggravated assault and gang activity. He is being held without bond in the Clayton County Jail.
Cox said Johnson was with several friends inside the QT on Ga. 138 spur Sunday about 10:40 p.m. when Johnson noticed Jordan and the jacket he was wearing.
"Michael Jordan was wearing a Southside Mafia jacket," said Cox. "According to witnesses, the group never said anything to Jordan and did not know him."
Johnson and the group left the store, heading toward Riverdale on Ga. 138 when they noticed Jordan following them and driving erratically, said Cox.
"Jordan began firing shots at them as they drove down the road," he said.
The group turned into a gated apartment community but weren't able to get the gates open so three of the men jumped out of the car to avoid the shots, said Cox. Johnson was sitting in the back seat when Jordan allegedly shot him in the back of the head. Neighbors heard the shots and called 911. When first responders arrived, Johnson was breathing but not conscious. He was taken to Atlanta Medical Center, said Cox.
Cox said Jordan was identified immediately as the suspect and police delayed releasing information on the shooting to keep him from fleeing the area. Cox said the shooting was senseless.
"It's crazy for someone to just shoot you for looking at them," he said. "These young kids with guns, they don't realize the discipline and maturity it takes to carry a weapon."